Thomas, two Vandals tied for 13th at West Regional

Two Idaho juniors and St. George’s graduate Chessey Thomas, a freshman at Tennessee, are in a six-way tie for 13th going into today’s final round of the NCAA West Regional women’s golf championships in Auburn, Wash.

Thomas, who played her high school golf for Lewis and Clark, had a gallery that included family and friends from Spokane as she improved on her first-round score by a stroke on Friday with a 1-over-par 73 for a 147.

Idaho’s Teo Poplawski (71) and Kayla Mortello (72) are also at 147.

Erica Popson of Tennessee leads at 5-under 137, but her Lady Vols trail Southern California 572-579 in the team race. Host Washington is sixth at 598.

The top eight teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team after today’s round advance to the NCAA Championships May 18-21 in Bryan, Texas.

Poplawski and Mortello are tied for fifth in the battle for the individual spots.


Tanner Peters pitched a four-hitter to lead UNLV to a 4-1 nonconference win over Washington State at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.

Peters (8-3) struck out four and was touched only for an unearned run in his second straight complete game and sixth in 12 starts.

WSU (19-21), which managed two base runners the first four innings, capitalized on a UNLV (29-18) error to score in the eighth.

Collin Slaybaugh got aboard on one of two walks issued by Peters, was safe at second on a throwing error by the pitcher, took third on an infield out and scored on Cody Bartlett’s sacrifice fly.

• With starting pitcher Mark Appel (4-5) allowing just one unearned run over eight innings, Stanford (23-19, 7-9 Pac-10) defeated Washington 6-2 in the opener of a Pac-10 series in Stanford, Calif.

Eric Peterson’s two-out single produced a run for the Huskies (13-28, 4-12) in the second and freshman pinch hitter Spencer Rogers singled in the eighth and eventually scored on an infield out.

Track and field

Washington State sophomore Shaquana Logan is fifth and senior teammate Angela Jensen is seventh after the first four events of the women’s heptathlon at the Pac-10 Championships Combined Events in Tucson, Ariz.

Logan, second in the 100 hurdles, has 3,121 points. Jensen has 3,032.

Arizona State, led by senior Samantha Henderson with 3,396, goes 1-2-3.

Brianne Theisen, Oregon’s two-time reigning NCAA heptathlon champion, is not competing because of a back injury.

Despite a second-place finish in the shot and fourth in the high jump, WSU sophomore Sean Harris is ninth midway through the decathlon with 3,487 points. Washington junior Jeremy Taiwo leads with 4,215.

• Idaho sophomore Liga Velvere won the women’s 400 hurdles in 59.89 to lead a solid showing by the Vandals in the Oregon Twilight in Eugene.

Senior Lucas Pope went an outdoor career-best 16 feet, 9 1/4 inches to tie for second in the men’s pole vault; sophomore Karlene Hurrel was third in the women’s 100 (12.45) freshman Alycia Butterworth was third overall and the top collegiate finisher in the women’s steeplechase (10:37.27); and freshman Hannah Kiser was fifth in the women’s 1,500 with a career-best 4:26.30.


Stephanie Chrystal of Community Colleges of Spokane, thrown into the fire with regular pitcher Dani Johnson out with a broken leg, pitched her first doubleheader of the season to help the Sasquatch get an NWAACC East split at Yakima.

Chrystal and CCS absorbed a 4-3 loss in the opener as Samantha Boelter hit a home run for Yakima (18-21, 8-16).

But the Sasquatch (18-20, 13-11 East) earned Chrystal her first win of the season with a 4-2 triumph in the second game.

Moriah Beeler hit a two-run triple in the top of the sixth and scored the winning run on a Yakima throwing error.

• No. 13 Washington and No. 1 Arizona State will try to complete two Pac-10 games today in Seattle after Friday’s game was suspended by rain after four innings tied 4-4.

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